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#3060826 Aude Pays Cathare Rugby XIII

Posted by wackojacko on 25 January 2015 - 07:34 PM

Echoing what audois said, it was a really good event, despite the freezing temperatures, wind, rain and what was always going to be a lopsided match between a pro side with some of the world's best players and a select team of semi-pros. Hope this continues and the team gets more games and trains together more. 


Hard to tell much about either team from the match due to the difference in quality but Carney showed his class at times, Casty was taking some big hit-ups [proud to be playing back in the Aude I guess] and it didn't look to me like Dureau got any game time despite being named to start [correct me if I'm wrong though].


https://www.youtube....be&noredirect=1  Highlights here.


Carcassonne would also be a good weekend break for any SL fans...

#3059584 Aude Pays Cathare Rugby XIII

Posted by wackojacko on 23 January 2015 - 11:10 AM

Coming across for this with a few friends, do you know if we will definitely be able to get tickets at the gate?

#3059139 This piece doesn't reflect well on the RLIF and its new boss

Posted by wackojacko on 22 January 2015 - 02:42 PM

When it comes down to it there's a chance he could do more for the international game working at the NRL than the RLIF - does it actually have any real power?

#3058068 Visit England Ad

Posted by wackojacko on 20 January 2015 - 07:34 PM

Do not engage.

#3050279 World Ranking 2014

Posted by wackojacko on 30 December 2014 - 11:47 AM

They're somehow ranked 2 places higher than tonga in the global rankings, you think they would beat them with a team of purely home-grown players? I would doubt it.


At least Canada turn out a team of home-grown players. Tonga do not. Would a team of players born-and-raised in Australia to Canadian parents be perfectly acceptable to you? Loads of the Tongan team at the last world cup had played for other nations, particularly NZ.

#3049942 World Ranking 2014

Posted by wackojacko on 29 December 2014 - 12:16 PM

What are Tonga doing so low? there are plenty of well-known Tongans plying their trade in SL & the NRL, can't say I've ever heard of any Serbian, Canadian or Russian rugby league players. All this 'heritage player' stuff is garbage and is doing international league no good whatsoever.


Aren't most of the Tongans heritage players? They played one game this year while real development work is being done in Serbia and Canada.

#3040767 Union World Cup Preview in Telegraph

Posted by wackojacko on 04 December 2014 - 08:11 AM

Only considered a negative by league fans who have a gripe with RU and for the most part do not understand the game of RU beyond their tired old prejudices.


Give over. I was born about as far South as the UK goes, played Union 10 seasons until I found a more physically suitable sport and watched it pretty religiously from age 5 to 18 as did a large number of my friends and family. The only person who liked RL was my dad and we could only ever watch it when the Challenge Cup was on really (plus he's nearly as big a Union fan as League fan). I still watch Union a bit now but my interest has waned. But I always used to hate the boring kicking "duels", the endless dull set pieces and was finally tired out by every last ###### collapsed scrum. I like running rugby and I finally found I couldn't bother waiting anymore for some to happen in Union.

#3040460 The Exiles games.

Posted by wackojacko on 03 December 2014 - 08:46 AM

Simple solution....Catalans don't want to play nice, then they can f' off back and play in the elite 13.........I am sure Sky aren't too bothered if we have a French side or another M62 team.....


It's all well and good saying that we need to promote the game in France, but as it stands, they give very little if anything back to the game. 10 years in and if anything French RL has gone backwards, with more journeymen/tourist players from the SH filling out the better teams in their domestic comp and their international side being a bit of a joke.


I'll defer to the informed French posters but if anything I'd think it was the opposite. 


In any case, we can't rely on one team to produce an international side, Toulouse need to be in SL (and full-time at that).

#3040065 Wigan to train in US

Posted by wackojacko on 02 December 2014 - 09:45 AM

The biggest UK invasion since the Beatles! December 18 theWiganWarriors Rugby league team will be in Jacksonville to attend theJacksonville Jaguars Thursday night football game. That afternoon they will host a training and scrimmage game with a combined team of players from The Jacksonville AxemenTampa Mayhem and Central Florida Warriors. Details on the venue coming soon and expected time is about 3.30pm.





Just posted on facebook; in addition to Leeds' visit and match against the US Pioneers in January, Wigan are coming to train in Jacksonville as well. Some great things being done down there...

#3038975 Should S Burgess have been included in BBC SPOTH shortlist?

Posted by wackojacko on 29 November 2014 - 02:44 PM

Despite being better looking and having better prospects?


That's not true love. Cynical Union types ;)

#3035431 Samoa RU threatened with World Cup removal

Posted by wackojacko on 20 November 2014 - 01:20 PM

Bit of an own goal there me old mucker


Huh? They're lower in the rankings. You can't have it both ways - if Samoa improve and move above England in the rankings then it's because RL is dying in England but if the Union team are lower in the rankings then it's because it's such a widespread sport. If Samoa go above England would we not be allowed to be proud of that expansion.

#3032976 15/11/14 - 4N Final - New Zealand v Australia KO 7.45am (GMT)

Posted by wackojacko on 15 November 2014 - 09:46 AM

What a game, what a tournament !

What a sport!

#3031129 Could Ireland's tactics make the maul a thing of the past?

Posted by wackojacko on 11 November 2014 - 10:29 AM

You are Martin Offiah and I claim my £5   ;)


Or any of the Union defenders sidestepping Jonah Lomu ;)

#3028100 France should be in four nations

Posted by wackojacko on 06 November 2014 - 03:41 PM

France should've won this year's European Cup and we shouldn't even be having this debate but it does annoy me that international rugby league outside of the top three is decided by which nationalities emigrated to Australia, NZ and northern England in the last 50 years or so...

#3027729 09/11/14 - Australia v Samoa KO 5am GMT (Wollongong)

Posted by wackojacko on 05 November 2014 - 05:18 PM

English fans want a neutral ref's as all the  neutral refs are at best bellow average. With a below average ref they can slow the game down easier and get away with more. Hence swinging it in there favor. That's the only reason. With an Aussie (NRL) ref, they are more inclined to keep the teams apart which gives a quicker game and is more suited to Australia.


Slow the gamedown? Did you see what Oz got away with in the second half?